MBS Can Defend You Against Vehicular Homicide Charges
Mastro, Barnes, and Stazzone, P.C. (MBS) is a leading law firm in Denver, CO with more than 35 years’ worth of experience. We have defended clients against a wide range of criminal charges, including vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. Our legal team comprises former prosecuting attorneys as well as defenders to help provide a well-reasoned defense for you. We represent the criminally accused in District and County courts throughout Colorado, so give us a call when you need assistance. If you are charged with vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, you typically must begin making decisions related to the charges within a week, so it helps to have an aggressive firm like MBS on your side. We will help you navigate criminal, administrative, and civil issues to protect your freedom and assets. Contact us today to learn more.
Understanding Vehicular Homicide Charges
Colorado law stipulates an individual has committed vehicular homicide if he or she drives in a reckless manner or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and is the proximate cause of another person’s death. Prosecutors take this offense very seriously, so it must be defended in kind. Our powerful, trial-oriented attorneys will fight for you to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We recognize the prosecution team may attempt to use emotion and various other ploys to convict you, but it still must prove you violated the law. Mastro, Barnes, and Stazzone, P.C. will ensure the jury understands what constitutes reckless driving and the definition of proximate cause, among other legal regulations, to help you win the case. We have defended clients against vehicular homicide as well as related charges such as involuntary manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, and more.
Outlining the Penalties for Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is a serious offense and carries the potential for significant punishments. Individuals who are convicted of the crime face considerable jail time and fines. The circumstances surrounding the incident will be considered when determining if the offense is a class 3 or class 4 felony, which will affect the consequences.
Reckless vehicular homicide
This type of vehicular homicide is considered a class 4 felony. A person who kills another by driving recklessly may face the following consequences:
- Two to six years in prison as well as mandatory parole for three years
- Fines totaling $2,000-$500,000
Vehicular Homicide While DUI
It is a class 3 felony to kill someone while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the state of Colorado. Penalties may include:
- Four to 12 years in prison and mandatory parole for five years
- Fines totaling $3,000-$750,000
Possible Defenses Against Vehicular Homicide
As with any criminal case, the burden of proof is on the prosecution. The prosecuting attorneys must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were the proximate cause of another person’s death as a result of driving recklessly or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mastro, Barnes, and Stazzone, P.C. recognizes that your freedom and livelihood are on the line when you are facing such a charge, so we will craft a defense that helps protect your liberty and reputation. We have defended clients in many vehicular or involuntary manslaughter cases over the years. No two are the same, but we can rely on our experience and expertise to craft a defense that works for your situation. Among the possible defenses are:
- You did not drive recklessly – We can help show you did not consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk by driving. This element of the statute can be hard to prove because it is largely circumstantial. You are not guilty of vehicular homicide if you merely failed to perceive a risk. However, in that case, you may be vulnerable to criminally negligent homicide charges.
- You were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs – Contrary to a DUI charge that carries a strict legal limit for alcohol, there is no defined limit related to vehicular homicide. The prosecutor must prove you were unable to drive safely. MBS can use DUI experts and witnesses to help prove that the unfortunate incident was simply an accident.
Contact Mastro, Barnes, and Stazzone, P.C. Today
Quick, decisive action is often necessary as soon as one is charged with vehicular homicide in Colorado. If you find yourself in such a situation, your first action should be to call Mastro, Barnes, and Stazzone, P.C. in Denver. Our aggressive, trial-oriented attorneys will represent you at arraignments, pre-trial hearings, and throughout the process. Our mission is to help you receive the best possible outcome. For some, that may mean exoneration, while others may need assistance ensuring sentencing is not severe. Whatever your aim is, we can help. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.